London Underground and TfL

MRO Software, an IBM Company case study: Tube Lines

01.01.07: Transport investment On 31 December 2002, Tube Lines assumed responsibility for the maintenance and upgrade of the entire infrastructure on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines as part of the largest improvement programme the Tube has eve...

New safety control solution to 'clear the air' in Heathrow loop

01.01.07: Transmitton, part of Siemens Transportation Systems, is to provide a new tunnel ventilation solution for the Heathrow section of the Piccadilly Line, as part of the Terminal 5 project. Transmitton, which has also supplied ventilation contro...

Record track renewal by Metronet

01.01.07: Metronet Rail's new engineering train fleet renewed over a kilometre of track over one weekend in December. This, for the first time, doubles what is typically achieved and sets a new record for a 52-hour possession on the Tube. The record...

Lighting the way

21.11.06: A brighter future, with reduced costs, and slashed maintenance bills. Is it possible? RTM finds out how the dream can become reality. The technology behind Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) was first developed in 1923. However, in its early stag...

A visible improvement below ground

01.11.06: Graffiti costs the London Underground millions of pounds every year, and surveys have shown that people feel safer in graffiti-free areas. The need to protect the walls of the tube is obvious to everyone. AquaTec has being working for sever...

Cooking up a recipe for the future

01.11.06: The old adage “too many cooks spoil the broth” does not always apply – and it certainly doesn’t apply to the London Underground. When you have just three or four hours each night to undertake a complete refurbishment...

Everything rosy in the Garden

01.11.06: An inside look at the Covent Garden congestion relief project Originally opened in 1907, Covent Garden station serves thousands of people a day, adding up to almost 17m passengers per year. They are attracted to Covent Garden as one of Lond...

Exacting Prefab Pile Cages for BSR Metro at Grange Hill

01.11.06: Steve Render, technical director of Romtech, tells RTM about an exciting recent project in the capital BSR Metros has completed a demanding series of works for London Underground at Grange Hill. During the Grange Hill project, BSR used...

New electric track trolley developed for Tubelines

01.11.06: In 2004, Consillia started working closely with Transplant, the plant hire division of Tubelines, to develop a new four-man electric motorised trolley and associated trailer system. The objective was to achieve a unit capable of transporting fou...

Trio of triumphs for Tube Lines

01.11.06: Tube Lines, the company charged with bringing the busiest lines on the London Underground up to speed, has scooped three awards in the space of 14 days. The first accolade, the 2006 Asset Management Award from the Institute of Engineering a...

Trio of tube stops to receive timely facelift

01.11.06: Three of North London’s busiest tube stations are to be overhauled as part of Tube Lines’ station upgrade programme from 2006-7. Passengers at Finchley Central station are to benefit from step free access, with a new lift due to be...

TUV: tasting success with Tube tests

01.11.06: TUV Product Service provides EMC consultancy, Competent Body and accredited testing for New Communications Systems to be installed at 11 stations. Marcus Brain recently told RTM about the company’s work on the London Underground. Unde...

Whole Life Asset Management

01.11.06: Making Tube Lines work more efficiently Tube Lines is transforming from maintenance management to whole life asset management (WLAM) to improve safety, operational, financial, and environmental performance. WLAM offers the best available co...

Zonal fares for London trains pave the way for smart ticketing

01.11.06: A new simple fares structure for London train travel was announced on 19th October by Rail Minister Tom Harris. From January 2007, the pricing for single and return rail tickets within London will be based on the same familiar zones already used...

Tube Lines renews 763 metres of Piccadilly Line track

01.10.06: Tube Lines, the company re-building the Tube’s busiest lines, successfully replaced 763 metres of track on the Piccadilly line over the August Bank Holiday. The work was carried out over 76-hours between Park Royal and North Ealing station...

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail netw... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Five injured in Tube explosion

20/06/2018Five injured in Tube explosion

Five people have been injured in an explosion at a north London Underground station. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that police we... more >